Peshawar Zalmi, the defending champions, didn’t have the greatest of starts in this edition’s Pakistan Super League (PSL). The Darren Sammy-captained team lost to Quetta Gladiators after not being able to stop Umar Akmal, who played a match-winning knock during the run-chase. Their next match is against Lahore Qalandars in the second of tomorrow’s doubleheader at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The Qalandars, on the contrary, couldn’t hold their nerves against defending champions Islamabad United. Even in their next match against Karachi Kings, they floundered with the bat in hand and were restricted to a below par. However, Lahore made an incredible comeback in the second innings. Even when their bowlers didn’t get wickets, they made sure that runs weren’t leaked, thereby building pressure.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch hasn’t had many demons for the batters to get petrified about. Teams have won, both batting first and second. Sides may still want to bowl first bearing in mind the fact that dew may play some part in the second half.
Kamran Akmal and Andre Fletcher are the openers with the hard-hitting Sohaib Maqsod at number three. The onus will be on Misbah-ul-Haq in the middle-order. Kieron Pollard and Liam Dawson will also have their task cut out, being genuine all-rounders. The bowling lineup is a power-packed one with Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali in the mix. Umaid Asif and Sameen Gul are the other options.
Kamran Akmal (WK), Andre Fletcher, Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kieron Pollard, Liam Dawson, Darren Sammy (C), Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Umaid Asif, Sameen Gul
The onus will be on the in-form opening pair of Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar. Hafeez walked off after getting hit and therefore his chances of playing this match remain under the clouds. Hassan Khan may get a game this time. AB de Villiers and Anton Devcich are the men in the middle-order. The pace-bowling unit has Rahat Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi and Hardus Viljoen. Yasir Shah is the lone spinner.
Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar, AB de Villiers, Anton Devcich, Mohammad Hafeez (C)/Hassan Khan, Brendan Taylor, Hardus Viljoen, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Rahat Ali
Probable Top Performers
Wahab Riaz – Peshawar Zalmi| AB de Villiers – Lahore Qalnadars
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Match Timings – 21:30 IST; 20:00 local
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